APBA has been producing statistical replay games since the 1950's and is acknowledged by most to be the father of all modern replay games.  The baseball game first came out in 1952.  These games are very detailed and highly realistic yet they are flexible enough to allow you to play at the level of complexity you are most comfortable with.  There have been numerous changes to the game over the years and you should be aware that not all cards sets are 100% compatible with all editions of the game.  

The game company recently changed hands and APBA is no longer printing in the old familiar format we all grew up with.  They are now laser printing the cards rather than using a traditional printing process.  Also the cards now come printed on thinner paper stock.  Some even come only in perforated sheets rather than the die-cut thicker stock of the past.   I guess it makes sense financially for them to do it this way but in my opinion the older cards are of much higher quality.

This listing is for a complete game.  It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game.  This an original copy of the World Championship Edition from the early 1970's.  It includes the blue booklet with the line-ups and a summary for each of the championships represented.  The match-ups included pictured below.

apba football game CARDS

The card set is overall in NEAR MINT condition.  This is a complete set of World Championship player cards.  I believe this game was printed in 1973 and consists of 30 cards per team (the 33/34 and 35/36 location varies depending on the championship match-up).  This set also includes the HTF blue overview booklet.  I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for.  They appear to have been handled very little, although they are not in the original alphabetical order.  No stains, writing, creases or tears.  Minimal tanning on a handful of cards. I would grade them 9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below). 

apba football game parts

The other game parts are in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition.  The game is 100% complete with all of the game components needed accounted for.  There are 2 dice shakers but only one set of dice.  The defense play cards show light handling and some tanning.  Everything else looks great.  It was probably played with once and put aside. Overall I would grade the game parts 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below)

apba football world championship game box

The game box is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  The lid has one split corner and some light rubbing.  No significant stains or writing.  The box bottom has some rubbing and a light crease, but no splits or writing.I would grade it a 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

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Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of replaying a season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the key players is missing?  Well I have thoroughly inventoried this set and compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you won't get that feeling while playing with this set.   I am not of the opinion that a simple card count will do.  The sets often came with missing or duplicate cards from the factory, and who knows what the original owner may have done with them in the course of playing with them....   Be sure to ask your card seller if they have in fact verified that the card set is complete by comparing it to the original roster list.  

I have also carefully inspected each and every card in order to determine the condition grade I have given to this set.  I do not feel that a cursory flipping through of the cards is adequate to determine the condition of a set - it is too easy to miss something.   Once again - always ask your card seller to verify that they have done a careful inspection of the condition of all the cards in the set before putting their grade on it.


MINT (10):
 I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):  Shows virtually no use.  Seldom if ever played.  Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box.  Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts.  Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear.   EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of.  Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless.  Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use.  Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners.  Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain.   VERY GOOD (5-6):  The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well.  Cards will have dented corners and perhaps some may have rubber band wear to the edges.  A few cards (less than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the edges (a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains.  Perhaps a couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be noted).  All card results will be fully readable.  Other game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage.  Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape.  No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive.  GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is.  Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band residue.  A couple may be torn and taped back together.  All card results will be fully readable.  Other game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition.  Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable.   POOR (1-2):  Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.  Cards are heavily worn and some are badly damaged.  Game will be missing parts (these will be noted).  Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.

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